Irish Times goes free online

The Irish Times has relaunched its website, offering free access at IrishTimes.com.

The move marks a shift in online strategy for the paper, which has since 2003 bucked the trend toward free online news with its subscription portal, Ireland.com.

According to the Irish Times’s own account, existing subscribers to Ireland.com will be offered a full refund for the remainder of their subscription period.

The move back to a newspaper-branded site comes as part of a newsroom integration programme. Editorial staff from the paper and the site moved into a common newsroom in January.

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